On the 6th March Parkwood Leisure and the Breckland School SportsPartnership teamed up to offer 30 local children who are not currentlyengaged in school sport or who can not access school competition achance to take part in a Paralympic taster day.Chrildren in Years 6-9 from Fred Nichols, Chapel Road, The ThetfordAcademy, Admirals Jnr, Attleborough High School and Hockwold andMethwold Community School were welcomed into the event with Paralympic fan fare music followed by an inspirational video clip of thehiglights from the 2008 Beijing Paralympics. The children were thensplit in to three teams which rotated around Goal Ball, New AgeKurling, Boccia and Sportshall Athletics in the morning and kwikcricket, table top cricket and mini tennis in the afternoon all ofwhich were delivered by local club coaches and supported by someamazing sports leaders from The Thetford Academy.The day was a great success as it enabled children who are usually notcatered for during PE lessons or who have never come out of school totake part in a sports event due to their disability a chance toexperience the many different Paralympic sports which are on offer tothem within the County.During the day the coaches which deliverd the sessions talent ID thechildren and have sign posted them to local club training sessions andthe Active Norfolk 'Play ground to Podium Talent ID days at the UEA'so that the day can be the start of a life long commitment to sportand exercise.At the end of the day we presented all children who attended with ac ertificate and awarded five children with medals who demonstarted one or more of the Paralympic Values.It was fantastic to see the beaming smiles on their faces when the national anthem was played..just likein the real Paralympics.I must say a massive thank you to all the coaches, sports leaders andParkwood Leisure centre who gave up their facilities and time for free to support what will now be an annual event.
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